questionswhats a good hobby for my father-in-law?

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Idea off the top of my head:

How about an RC plane or helicopter? Not the toy ones. I'm talking about the several hundred dollar badass kind. They can be a lot of fun and if you both have one you can fly together. For example the A.R. Drone (might be a bit more complicated for an older gentleman, but maybe not).

We're never too old to have toys.

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Or Disc Golf? Lots of outdoors, play together, takes discipline that a well-read man likely possesses.

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Just a thought, but well-read an likes gardens and the outdoors, maybe Birding? Also if he is a kindly gent maybe some volunteer work with children at the local library or children's hospital, he could read books and the kids would probably like the accent.

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My dad retired a couple of years ago. He's been busy with supervising the house they had built and now finishing the basement and getting his garden established. He's also been attending master gardener classes, learning to grow mushrooms and other interesting things. That might be something for your father-in-law to look into. My dad has also started volunteering with the local group (through their church) that helps out those who need repairs done on their homes, yard work, etc. He enjoys working with his hands, being outside and helping people. I appreciate that it's helping to keep him active and helping him and Mom meet people in their new community.

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My father-in-law and I share an interest in guns. He was into them before I was. I figured I better arm myself if my in-laws were armed...

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How about genealogy? Help him trace his (and your) roots. Usually not very expensive but can take a LARGE amount of time. You do, however, get to know people and what they were about.

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Is there something you always wished you had done with your dad?

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Get him an old Triumph motorcycle and have him fix it up. That's English and manliness all rolled into one beautifully crafted piece of machinery...

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One of the hobbies that both my grandfather and my father loved is woodworking. Everything from building tables and shelves for the family to making bowls and the such with a lathe.

Also, I second the idea of volunteering.

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My dad is about that age and his favorite hobby is trying to build stuff with wood. He started about 10-15 years ago and his efforts have improved SO MUCH over the last 5 years or so.

It's an expensive hobby, but it sucks up loads of time and you usually get something useful out of it at the end of the project. :) It easily lends itself to solo projects or team projects and you can start as little (bird houses anyone?) or as large (full house of furniture) as you'd like. You can also decide how high or low tech you want to get.

Added bonus: if he's good at it, you'll never need to buy furniture again, and you'll have some lovely heirlooms to pass down to future generations.

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Have you ever tried asking him what he'd like to pick up as a hobby? Maybe there's always something he wanted to do but just doesn't know how to get started, or needs some motivation, either way maybe you can provide it for him!

Hunting and fishing are always great. Even if he has a soft spot for animals and wouldn't hunt you can always just simply go bird watching if you have the resources. But since you mentioned he does have a fly fishing rod that he "almost" knows how to use I'd say get him all the way familiar! Fishing can be very relaxing and very enjoyable. As long as you keep it simple and don't go blowing your money on a bass boat etc and making it some sort of competition.

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@moondrake: Ya know, its been so long and I sort of blocked it out of my memory that I don't even know anymore =\ But good idea.

Thanks everyone for the ideas!